Friday, January 27, 2012

Online Invoicing the Easy Way

You launched your own catering business because you love to cook. You went into the bakery business to sell pastries and cakes. You didn't open your own landscaping company because you love paperwork. Yet to be a prosperous small business owner, you cannot disregard the financial side of your business, and this means that you must make sure that you properly invoice your clients. Forgetting to invoice your clients can leave you with a significant cash flow problem, one that, if left unchecked, could put you out of business.

Invoicing help online

Fortunately, there are plenty of online invoicing services created to make life simpler for the small business owner. By utilizing one of these services, you can quickly -- and depending on your clients, automatically -- distribute your invoices each month. It's one less job for you to handle. What follows is a glance at a few of the better online invoicing services:

A free but powerful invoicing service


Sometimes the word “free” is synonymous with “not very good.” Fortunately, that isn't the case with the free system, BillingBoss. Excellent for most small businesses that need to automatically invoice customers monthly and periodic once-off invoicing, BillingBoss packs a huge punch without cost!

A power tool

AcceptPay isn’t free. It costs $30 a month, but it's a robust program. Offered by American Express, AcceptPay works with QuickBooks, will accept online payments, and of course, offers you a wide range of options when it comes to sending out invoices and collecting payments. The $30 expense is a small price to pay for such a effective online invoicing tool.

Invoicing for the tech-savvy

If you are tech-savvy and know how to use open source software, BambooInvoice is a good option. This free service is highly customizable and lives on your in-house servers as opposed to in the cloud.  This makes it easy for you to make the program fit your company’s exact needs.

We haven’t even mentioned the best part yet. These three services are only a drop in the very full bucket of available online invoicing services. Many are free or extremely inexpensive, but can greatly boost your workflow and ease the pain of that irritating stack of paperwork.

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